A Place to Stand

By Raewyn Peart

A Place to Stand

This report explores the catastrophic loss of New Zealand's special places to inappropriate subdivision and development.  It follows on from Reclaiming Our Heritage: the New Zealand Landscape Conference that was held in July 2003.  That event began to scope the scale of the problem and highlight some of the key issues.  This report builds on that base and provides the first comprehensive look at the impact of the loss of landscape on our cultural identity and economic well-being.

We hope that this report will stimulate debate and raise the profile of this important issue.  Above all, we need to address the legislative framework and its failings.  A National Policy Statement would strengthen the Resource Management Act, and additional action is canvassed in the report.

Published by the Environmental Defence Society in 2004.

ISBN: 0-476-00482-9

The book is available to download in separate chapters. Click the links below.

Table of Contents, Foreward & Executive Summary 

1 INTRODUCTION

2 THE IMPORTANCE OF LANDSCAPE
What is ‘landscape’
Why are landscapes important?
What landscapes are important to New Zealanders?
Summary of key points

3 PRESSURES ON IMPORTANT LANDSCAPES
Drivers of the demand for lifestyle properties
Drivers of the supply of lifestyle properties
The impact of lifestyle development
Summary of key points

4 HOW WE MIGHT PROTECT IMPORTANT LANDSCAPES
The concept of protected landscapes
Models of protecting landscapes
Summary of key points

5 LEGISLATIVE FRAMEWORK FOR LANDSCAPE PROTECTION
Legislative purpose
Roles and responsibilities
Policy statements and plans
Resource consents
Summary of key points

6 IDENTIFICATION OF IMPORTANT LANDSCAPES
Categorisation of important landscapes
Assessment of landscapes
Translation of assessment into policy
Summary of key points

7 DEVELOPING POLICY FOR LANDSCAPE PROTECTION
The politics of landscape policymaking
Policy approaches
Summary of key points

8 IMPLEMENTATION OF LANDSCAPE POLICY
Assessment of effects
Decisions on resource consent applications
Exercising discretion
Approval culture
Monitoring
Summary of key points
EDS Landscape Report

9 WEAKNESSES IN THE LANDSCAPE PROTECTION SYSTEM
Landscape assessment practices
Identification of important landscapes in policy and plans
Landscape provisions in policies and plans
Management of impacts on important landscapes
Outcomes
Local initiatives
Summary of key points

10 STRENGTHENING THE LANDSCAPE PROTECTION SYSTEM
What we need to have in place
Better practice
National Policy Statement
Amendments to RMA
New legislation
Summary of key points

11 CONCLUSIONS

REFERENCES

Appendix 1: International Models of Landscape Protection
Appendix 2: Waitakere Ranges Case Study
Appendix 3: Wakatipu Basin Case Study
Appendix 4: Coromandel Peninsula Case Study
Appendix 5: Banks Peninsula Case Study
Appendix 6: Whangarei District Case Study
Appendix 7: Legal Opinion on Scope of National Policy Statement on Landscape
Appendix 8: Waitakere Ranges Heritage Area Bill 

 

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